New faculty and staff join NU-Q

September 02, 2014

A number of new faculty and staff have joined our campus over recent weeks. We welcome: 

Ilhem Allagui Associate Professor in Residence, Journalism Program

Allagui’s academic experience includes more than 10 years of teaching at the University of Montreal, Canada, and the American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. She also has experience working for a communication agency and for the new media industry in Montreal. Allagui specializes in teaching integrated marketing communication (IMC) courses, particularly public relations, advertising, IMC and strategic research methods. Her research interests focus on, among other things, the social integration of new media in the Arab region, the Arab cultural industries, and IMC practices in the MENA region. She earned a PhD in communication sciences from the University of Montreal, Canada.

Lea Bowman Business and Risk Analyst

Lea Bowman joins NU-Q from Doha Film Institute, where she served for four years as a database manager and ticketing coordinator. At the institute, she engaged in business analysis, project management, training and user support, as well as team leadership among other roles. During the organization’s start-up phase, she oversaw key projects involving the creation and integration of online forms and services. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, where she received her bachelor of science. Bowman is excited to apply her skills and local experience to the NU-Q business and finance team.

Beth Clausen Library Director

Beth Clausen is director of the NU-Q Library. Prior to her appointment she worked at the Northwestern University Library in Evanston, IL, since 2000 where she held several positions from federal documents librarian to head of access services, which includes interlibrary loan, circulation, media and course reserves. She has a record of and commitment to supporting and developing library services to ensure convenient, timely and seamless patron access to library and information resources of all types and formats. She has a BA in journalism & mass communication and political science, and an MA in library & information science from the University of Iowa.

John D.H. Downing Professor in Residence, Communication Program

Before joining the NU-Q faculty, Downing served as professor of international communication and founding director of the Global Media Research Center, in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University. He was previously John T. Jones Centennial Professor of Communication in the Radio-TV-Film Department at the University of Texas, Austin. Downing has taught courses in communication and culture; globalization and the media; alternative media and social movements; political cinema of the global South; media, dictatorship, and democracy; as well as ethnicity, racism and the media. He is author/editor of a number of books, and author of many research articles and chapters in edited collections.

Dana El Ahdab Adjunct Lecturer, Communication Program

El Ahdab is an adjunct professor at NU-Q, teaching 2D animation. She also co-teaches the graphic design senior seminar at VCU-Q within the framework of a newly developed course on the cultivation of value through design. She has previously taught design methods and processes, typography, imaging, design technology, the business of design and design internship. Dana’s area of interest lies in the synthesis among environmental sciences (specifically marine environments), conservation and value-driven design. She is currently co-developing and implementing a pedagogical prototype using a trans-disciplinary approach to explore the design of value within the local cultural, social, economical and natural contexts. El Ahdab received her MA in design education from the University of London at Goldsmiths College in 2011.

Demetrios Elias Special Assistant, Office of the Dean

A graduate of Northwestern University in Evanston, Elias has traveled to more than 70 countries and has demonstrated strong leadership skills through his involvement in clubs and events, and his organization of activities at the home campus.

William A. Froning Network Engineer and Computing Security Analyst

Prior to joining the NU-Q IT team, Froning served as information security manager at the American University of Sharjah, a position he rose to over eight years at the university. Prior to this, he was a senior systems architect at the University of the Pacific and worked at various companies on contract as a project manager. He specializes in systems security and computer forensic investigations.

Elizabeth Hoffman Adjunct Lecturer, Communication Program

Elizabeth Hoffman holds an MFA in radio, television and film from Northwestern University and a BS in cinema and photography from Ithaca College. She began her filmmaking career in 2002 working as producer on the documentary Passing it On: The Southside Story in collaboration with filmmaker Louis Messiah that won Best Student Film at the AECT International Student Media Festival. In addition to cinema and photography she has also studied painting, writing and political science and is a Whalen Scholar Recipient for excellence in political writing. In 2008, her film Chicago Landscape No. 3 won third place at the Athens International Film and Video Festival. Hoffman is a recipient of the Barbara and Garry Marshall Center for Media Arts award. She taught classes in sound design, editing and film production at the University of South Carolina before moving to Doha in 2010.

Tanya Kane Adjunct Lecturer, Liberal Arts Program

In the several years before joining NU-Q, Kane instructed in the field of social anthropology in Canada, the UK and Qatar. Her doctoral fieldwork, through Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar, explored Arab student experiences of the American-styled medical curriculum. Her years of teaching span back more than a decade. Placing particular emphasis on the Middle East, Kane’s research interests include globalization, education, neoliberalism and knowledge-based economies.

Nadeem Lughmani Senior Network Engineer

Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar Adjunct Lecturer, Liberal Arts Program

Having spent nearly a decade in Qatar as a writing instructor and literature professor at several universities, Rajakumar is an author, educator and scholar of literature, with a PhD from the University of Florida. Her work focuses on gender, race, writing and postcolonial theory. She published numerous books and journals, including the award-winning novel Love Comes Later.

Amy Kristin Sanders Associate Professor in Residence, Journalism Program

Prior to joining the faculty at Northwestern University in Qatar, Sanders earned tenure at the University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where she was an affiliate faculty member with the University of Minnesota Law School. She is an award-winning journalist and licensed attorney. Her research focuses on the intersection of law and new technology, with a emphasis on media. Sanders researches in the areas of online defamation, social media, and telecommunication regulation. Sanders regularly speaks to professional journalism, law and civic groups, and her research has appeared in Communication Law and Policy, the Federal Communication Law Journal, the Journal of Media Law and Ethics and the Duke Journal of Constitutional Law and Public Policy, among other journals.

Kristal Sawatzke International Experience Coordinator

Kristal Sawatzke oversees student immigration, advises the international student association, and manages student international travel programs, including service learning and global media trips, while assisting with communication exchange, journalism residency and exchange program logistics. Originally from Minnesota, Sawatzke holds a bachelor’s degree in communication from the College of Saint Benedict and a master’s degree in student affairs and higher education from Colorado State University. Prior to joining NU-Q, Sawatzke was working at the University of Auckland in New Zealand for two years where her main focus was first-year transition, orientation, peer mentoring, training/leadership development, residence life, and other new student retention initiatives.

Delora Sequeira Business & Finance Support

Before joining NU-Q, Sequeira served as a desk executive at NMC Specialty Hospital in the United Arab Emirates, where she managed and coordinated activities for patients of all nationalities and oversaw the tracking of documents and appointments. She recently attained a post-graduate diploma in human resource management through the School of Social Work, Roshni Nilaya, and has a bachelor of science from St. Aloysius College, Mangalore, India.

Mohamed Amin Zaky Community Relations Support

A graduate of Northwestern University in Qatar specializing in communication, media industries and technology, Zaky joins the university staff from his previous student position as an events coordinator therein. He has demonstrated his organization skills and creativity in past positions, including his events coordinator post at Qatar Museum Authority. There, he developed social media strategies to increase traffic to their website and exhibition spaces. He also helped plan events and supervised volunteers. As a dedicated and enthusiastic graduate, he looks forward to applying his knowhow to encourage university connections.